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Thursday 2nd June
All About Little Sparta ‘One of the wonders of twentieth-century art’ – James Campbell, Guardian
A celebration of the recent publication "Little Sparta: A Guide to the Garden of Ian Hamilton-Finlay" to co-incide with this season's opening of the garden. Joining us at the Elphinstone Hotel are photographer Robin Gillanders and Magnus Linklater, chairman of the Little Sparta Trust, for a presentation highlighting the book, but also all about this extraordinary garden in the hills near Biggar.
Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of the most significant gardens in Britain. In addition to being a spectacular example of garden design, it also features almost 300 artworks by Finlay and others which form an integral part of the garden scheme.
This companion to Little Sparta (published 2015) tells the story of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s extraordinary creation, exploring the underlying themes, and introducing and explaining the significance of the main elements and artworks in each part of the garden. Featuring new photography, as well as archive material, it also shows how the garden has matured and developed over the last 50 years. Published by Birlinn £14.99
Tickets from Atkinson-Pryce only, £5 each. Email us or ring - 01899 221225 - to reserve your place. The event starts at 8 pm.
Friday 1st July
1st July 2016 7.30pm Municipal Hall, Biggar
Celebrating poetry and community with Poet Laureate and friends
Featuring Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, John Sampson and local guest poet.
Coinciding with and suporting the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week, Shore to Shore sees the Poet Laureate and her chosen fellow artists undertaking a major national tour to perform their work and to celebrate communities with independent bookshops at their heart.
Sure to be an unforgettable evening, join us in the Municipal Hall to celebrate our national art form and support this hugely exciting event taking place in our own lovely town.
Tickets are £15.00 (plus 75p booking fee) Buy tickets online from
Monday 15th August
The Bookshop Band will be joining us in the bookshop, for a concert of more delightful songs about books. More details to follow
Thursday 18th August
James Robertson will be with us in Biggar for the launch of his latest novel, "To Be Continued...". More details to follow
Thursday 8th September
Catriona McPherson pays us a visit with her latest Dandy Gilver adventure, AND we celebrate the UK publication of a stand-alone contemporary crime novel "The Child Garden" on that precise day. More details to follow.
Biggar Little Festival 2016, 20th-30th October
We have an exploring adventuring theme this year for our literary events during BLF, with the exception of the Dastardly Dinner which will be exploring the finer points of forensic science, rather than the wider, wilder world. Tickets will be available on-line from 20th August, and from us and the Festival Box Office from Saturday 8th October. Dastardly Dinner tickets from Atkinson-Pryce only, on sale 1st September.
Thursday 20th October
Critically acclaimed author Mallachy Tallack visits Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop to launch his new book “The Un-Discovered Islands”. Author of the hugely successful “60 Degrees North” will be talking about his new book with the intriguing subtitle – “An archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes”. Gathered in this book are over twenty islands that have decidedly human origins, whether they are the products of imagination, deception or simply human error. This time Malachy’s prose will be accompanied by glorious full colour illustrations from Katie Scott, creating an atlas of fairytale and wonder.
Monday 24th October
Endurance 100: a presentation about the centenary expedition celebrating Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. We have invited adventurer David Crichton Henry to join us to talk about his “experience of a lifetime” and its legacy. Henry co-led the expedition which reached the South Pole successfully on 17th December 2015. The evening will also introduce the fascinating story of Scottish naturalist and polar explorer William Speirs Bruce and his contribution to the ‘Heroic Ages’ of Antarctic exploration. Introducing the evening in traditional Edwardian dress to set the scene, Henry will conclude by showing lovely slides and telling amazing stories of the recent expedition.
Wednesday 26th October
Fleet and Withers at Atkinson-Pryce to celebrate publication of “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. Come and meet the people behind the gorgeous publication “Scotland: Mapping the Nation”. They have teamed up again to produce another lovely book: “Scotland: Mapping the Islands”. This stunning new book presents the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to-date techniques of digital mapping in a unique and imaginative way. Christopher Fleet is Senior Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland and Charles W J Withers is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh.
Saturday 29th October
A Dastardly Dinner with Lin Anderson and Professor Lorna Dawson. Never mind literary lunches, Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop presents a Dastardly Dinner (at lunchtime!) with crime writer Lin Anderson, whose fictional forensic scientist Rhona Macleod will be joined by real forensic scientist Professor Lorna Dawson of the Hutton Institute for lunch and a discussion about the finer points of forensics and related matters. 12.30 pm at the Elphinstone Hotel.